Serena says her shoulder starting to feel better

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August 27, 2016
Serena Williams of the US reacts as she misses a shot against Christina McHale of the US during their women's single match on day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 1. (AP Photo)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on Friday in Paris. (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK, AP:

Top-ranked Serena Williams says she hasn't practised much because of her right shoulder injury.

Williams was struggling physically during her third-round loss at the Olympics, and pulled out of the hard-court warm-up in Cincinnati because of the shoulder problem.

She said yesterday that "I'm just now starting to feel a little bit better."

The American says she was able to practise for only two days before the Rio Games after the shoulder started bothering her following her Wimbledon victory. She says she is doing a lot of physical therapy.

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Williams is seeking her 23rd major title, which would break a tie with Steffi Graf for most in the Open era.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Novak Djokovic says he injured his left wrist in Rio de Janeiro a few days before the start of the Olympic tournament.

The right-handed Djokovic needs that wrist for his backhand. He said yesterday he's "getting there" and hopes he'll be "as close to 100 per cent as possible" when he starts to defend his US Open title.

The 12-time major champ also said his issues at Wimbledon weren't physical, but "there were other things I was going through." He declined to elaborate on those problems other than to say they had been resolved.

After Djokovic was upset in the third round of Wimbledon by 41st-ranked Sam Querrey, he was asked if he was 100 per cent healthy, replying "not really" but not going into details.

Djokovic lost in the first round at the Rio Games to 2009 US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, whose ranking slipped because of left wrist problems of his own. Djokovic then pulled out of the hard-court warm-up at Cincinnati, the first time he'd cited an issue with the wrist.

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